Punk Rock music veteran and founder of The Adolescents Steve Soto died Wednesday July 27, at age 55. The cause of death has not been confirmed but according to reports, Soto had dealt with health issues throughout most of his life but more recently had made efforts to live a healthier lifestyle which founder and creator of Vans Warped Tour Kevin Lyman confirmed. Lyman took to Twitter to pay his respects to the punk rock revolutionary and his character as a musician and as a person along with many other members of the punk rock community.
“I just found out Steve Soto passed away. He fought through so many health issues & they finally caught up. He was one of the most positive people I ever knew. Did the whole @VansWarpedTour with the Adolescents in a van last summer. RIP my friend,” tweeted Lyman.
Also via Twitter, the Adolescents confirmed the news of the multi-talented instrumentalist’s death to fans.
“with heavy heart i share the passing of steve soto, my friend and bandmate since 1979. I don’t know what to do. or to say. goodbye my brother,” read the tweet.
After co-founding Agent Orange in the late 1970’s, Soto left to form what we would become known as The Adolescents and between the band’s activities from 1980 through today, he remained the band’s loyal bass player. He did this in addition to playing with various popular Punk bands like Joyride, Manic Hispanic and 22 Jacks.
The band had just completed an East coast tour stopping last in Boston, Massachusetts and were set to start the European leg of the tour in the next coming months of summer. On Facebook in late May, The Adolescents had informed fans that they would be playing the Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois in mid-September as well.
“Looks like we are going to Chicago…Stoked to be playing with so many great bands!,” read the post.
They were also reportedly working towards releasing what would have been their latest album Crop Duster, when the news of Soto’s abrupt passing was confirmed by close family and friends, reports Kerrang.
In a statement to Punk News, the band said “I’m sorry to break such bad news in such an impersonal way, but the family of Steve Soto would like everyone to know that he died peacefully in his sleep today. I’m sure this is a terrible blow to all of you. He will be missed. We will be posting details on a memorial as plans are finalized,” confirms Rolling Stone.